Kimberley Process members ended four days of talks in Johannesburg without agreeing on an updated definition of the conflict diamonds whose sale to help finance wars or violence the group was set up to eradicate.
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre wants to sell 12 million carats of diamonds from Zimbabwe this year, which would make the southern African country one of the six biggest suppliers to the Belgian-based trading group.
The Kimberley Process , the global body that monitors sales of so-called conflict diamonds, may decide tomorrow whether Zimbabwe can export gems from its Marange diamond fields, Chairman Boaz Hirsch said.
It being the feast of Saint Valentine, today is a favored moment to give or receive that ultimate lovers’ gift: a diamond. This year, however, isn’t a good one for those who want to know for sure that the stone’s origins are above reproach.